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Homeschool Expeditions

Learning Adventures

Each 90-minute class for grades 1-5 covers various topics including animal science, life science, and physical science. Please dress for the weather as classes may include time in the Zoo. Classes are designed for adult interaction with children. Homeschool parents are actively involved so they can answer questions at home and further develop subjects that grab the interest of their students.

Classes take place from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on select Wednesdays. Both classes on the same day will cover the same theme and material.

Each person over the age of six months who attends any education program must have an individual ticket.

Themes for 2023

January 11: Fur, Feathers, Scales, and Slime

  • Animals have a variety of coverings that aid in everything from beauty to protection. We will learn about how these coverings help animals survive.

February 8: What Goes in Must Come Out

  • Scat, droppings, manure, guano, stool, and dung. What we eat makes a difference on what comes out the other end. We will learn about the importance of output for animals in the wild and in human care.

March 8: Life on the Prairie

  • Have you ever considered what it takes for an animal to be successful in the prairie? We will evaluate the difficulties animals face and how animals adapt in order to survive.

April 12: Animal Communication

  • Hearing is the main way we communicate. There are so many other ways that animals communicate. This class will cover how animals use a variety of senses to communicate.

May 10: Tracks and Scats

  • Some animals are more elusive than others. There are always ways to tell who is in the area if you look closely enough. This class will cover different things to look for when searching for wildlife.

No classes in June or July

August 9: Who’s who?

  • Our keepers are masters at telling even the most similar-looking animals apart. We will learn about some of the subtle differences between individual animals and then put our knowledge to the test.

September 13: Antlers, Horns, and Ossicones

  • Antlers, horns, and ossicones have some similarities but are oh so different. We will talk about what they are made of, how they help animals, and who has what.

October 11: Up All Night

  • As much fun as it is to stay up all night, sleep is extremely important. All animals sleep but some of their sleep patterns are very different. This class will help students understand what sleep is and why it happens as well as explore some strange animal sleeping patterns.

November 8: Animal Senses

  • We know our five senses but what about animal senses? We will take a look at some weird senses that aid in animal survival.

December 13: Animal Artists

  • Nature has beauty nearly everywhere you look. Some animals collect the beauty while some animals create their own masterpieces. Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder and we will talk about how animals use colors and patterns to create works of art.

Contact the Education Department at 316-266-8213 with questions or for more information.

Adult attendance is required; each child over six months and each adult must have an individual ticket.

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$7 Members      $8 Non-Members

Terms and Conditions: Each person over the age of six months who attends any education program must have a ticket. Space is limited. Tickets will be scanned at the door. All classes take place rain or shine. Your purchase serves as your permission for use of your image by Sedgwick County Zoo. All reservations are final. Ticket may not be copied or resold and may be used only once. Tickets will not be replaced if lost, stolen or unused. No refunds.

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